SKINTOP® MULTI-M – more sizes, more flexibility 17 November 2021

LAPP is further expanding its portfolio for SKINTOP® MULTI multi-cable entry systems with two new sizes of the round version as well as the SKINTOP® MULTI Flange FL 21, which gives engineers in Scandinavia greater flexibility in selecting multi-cable entry systems.

The trend towards digitalisation and miniaturisation is a major challenge for designers. They increasingly have to cope with cabling in restricted spaces. Particularly in control engineering, control cabinet and apparatus construction, as well as in automation technology or robotic arms where data and control cables need to be installed in tight spaces, multi-cable entry systems are a space-saving alternative for non assembled cables.

With the SKINTOP® MULTI-M series of multi-cable entry systems, LAPP offers particularly compact solutions. They are available in rectangular and now also in round designs. Both bushing systems are characterised by a high packing density and variable clamping ranges. The cables are simply pushed through the elastic gel insert and are held securely in place by the static friction on the cable insulation and sealed with IP 68 protection.

The patented funnel design at entry points in combination with innovative gel based material allows the maximum clamping ranges to be increased with up to 4mm variance per cable diameter. This flexibility in selecting the cable diameter reduces the variety of parts in the warehouse, thus generating logistical and financial benefits. It enables the customer to insert a variety of cables or hoses in a tight space. Unused entry points remain securely sealed thanks to the elastic gel technology with innovative membrane technology.

Here the gel material ensures optimum strain relief on the entire cable bundle. There are also time benefits for installation. As no additional preparatory work is required for rectangular and round multi-cable bushings, such as pre-piercing, to install the cables, several work steps are omitted. The SKINTOP MULTI-M can be mounted to the housing very easily by screwing in or fastening with a lock nut.

In addition to the gel insert, the SKINTOP MULTI-M is also made from a polycarbonate frame. This thermoplastic is particularly resilient. It also possesses UL certification for the North American market in accordance with the UL 50, UL 50E, CSA C22.2 and UL 508A standards for industrial system controllers (e.g control cabinets).

Previously, the SKINTOP MULTI-M round multi-cable entry system was available in three sizes: M40 for up to 12 cables, M50 for up to 18 cables and M63 for up to 30 cables that can be inserted simultaneously into one housing. At customer request, LAPP is now extending its portfolio with sizes M25 and M32 for 4 or 8 cables respectively.

Claire Aldridge Deputy Editor t: +44 (0) 1727 743 889

Having joined the magazine in 2012, Claire developed her knowledge of the industry through the numerous company visits, exhibitions and conferences she attended both in the UK and abroad.

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